East L. A. is a famous Mexican-American community, but even a lot of people who live there aren't aware that it's an “unincorporated” area, governed remotely by the County Supervisors.

Cityhood supporters in East L.A. are closer now than they have been since 1974 to realizing their dream of local control.  With the help of a loan from the state legislature, the East Los Angeles Residents Association (ELARA) is far into the formal process of proposing a City of East Los Angeles.  If a forthcoming financial study finds evidence that it would work, a new generation of voters could get the chance to empower their iconic community.

This documentary news video will be for veteran journalist Daniel Weintraub’s new site,  It is part of his larger series on poor, heavily minority and unincorporated communities, and their lack of political clout.

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